- PhD, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design, Hong Kong
- MBA (Distinction), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Graduate School of Business, Hong Kong
- BFA, Parsons School of Design, The New School, NYC
Harah is a Korean-American design practitioner, researcher and educator. She is currently Programme Leader for MA Design and teaches in the BA(Hons) Design Communication, BA(Hons) Fashion Design & Textiles and BA(Hons) Fashion Media & Industries Programmes.
Harah began her professional career in New York as a fashion designer at Ralph Lauren before pursuing postgraduate studies in Hong Kong. She holds a PhD in Design Epistemology, through which she examined the ontological structures of knowledge representation to produce a culture-based taxonomy of design knowledge. The research framework of her PhD thesis was published as a book chapter in The Routledge Companion to Design Research.
As a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Science of Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Harah studies design metaphors through narratives and cultural epistemologies. Her current research activities focus on design theory and philosophy across the themes of collaborative design frameworks, disruptive approaches to interdisciplinary design, intangible culture and heritage, and knowledge transference. She advocates the furthering of discourses on design and cultural sustainability, social design and design knowledge.